Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

419 East Street
Shelby, IA 51570

An 1883 report by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad listed only four 30’ arch culvert bridges -- the Shelby bridge was one of them and has been named the first railroad structure built in Shelby County. Most railroad bridges in Iowa were wood or timber, but limestone for the trestle was believed to have come from a quarry in Earlham, Iowa, not far from the railroad’s main line in that area.

Map to Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail